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Hughie Erskine is in love and wants to marry, but the girl's father will not allow it, since Erskine has no money. Erskine's friend, Alan Trevor is a painter, and he visits him at his studio one day to find him with a pitiable beggar-the model for his painting. Erskine only has one coin, which he depends on for transportation, but he decides he can walk for a couple weeks Hughie Erskine is in love and wants to marry, but the girl's father will not allow it, since Erskine has no money. Erskine's friend, Alan Trevor is a painter, and he visits him at his studio one day to find him with a pitiable beggar-the model for his painting. Erskine only has one coin, which he depends on for transportation, but he decides he can walk for a couple weeks and gives the beggar the coin. The beggar is in reality an immensely wealthy baron, having a portrait of himself as a beggar done for fun. He is so impressed by Erskine's generosity that he gives him 10,000, enough for the girl's father to consent to his proposal."


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Hughie Erskine is in love and wants to marry, but the girl's father will not allow it, since Erskine has no money. Erskine's friend, Alan Trevor is a painter, and he visits him at his studio one day to find him with a pitiable beggar-the model for his painting. Erskine only has one coin, which he depends on for transportation, but he decides he can walk for a couple weeks Hughie Erskine is in love and wants to marry, but the girl's father will not allow it, since Erskine has no money. Erskine's friend, Alan Trevor is a painter, and he visits him at his studio one day to find him with a pitiable beggar-the model for his painting. Erskine only has one coin, which he depends on for transportation, but he decides he can walk for a couple weeks and gives the beggar the coin. The beggar is in reality an immensely wealthy baron, having a portrait of himself as a beggar done for fun. He is so impressed by Erskine's generosity that he gives him 10,000, enough for the girl's father to consent to his proposal."

30 review for The model millionaire: (low cost). Limited edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vaishali

    So many great quips in this little number, I'm astounded.. and read the story twice to relive the laughs and the wonder. Mr. Wilde, sir, you are one of English literature's very, very best

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amina

    Do good and good you will find, this is what happened to Hugh Erskine! "ما نقص مال من صدقة" Hugh is a young gantleman who wants to marry the girl he loves, but her father wants 10.000 pounds. When he visited a painter friend, he decided to give what he had to a beggar posing as a model, Hugh didn't know what a huge investment he made, for that was no ordinary beggar, but a model millionaire :D

  3. 4 out of 5

    José Cruz Parker

    Although I'm an atheist, I believe that Oscar Wilde was God's gift to man. Everything that he wrote is great. There is reason to think, however, that Wilde's best works are his short stories. The Model Millionaire has some of the themes that pervade Wilde's oeuvre: the rich-poor binary opposition and the deification of Beauty are present in this short story. It is written, moreover, in his delightful and elegant style. The first paragraph alone shows his love of alliteration: "Romance is the pri Although I'm an atheist, I believe that Oscar Wilde was God's gift to man. Everything that he wrote is great. There is reason to think, however, that Wilde's best works are his short stories. The Model Millionaire has some of the themes that pervade Wilde's oeuvre: the rich-poor binary opposition and the deification of Beauty are present in this short story. It is written, moreover, in his delightful and elegant style. The first paragraph alone shows his love of alliteration: "Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic." Like most of his tales, The Model Millionaire comes with moral teachings. In particular, Wilde seems to be telling us that looks are deceiving, and that we shouldn't stereotype everyone we meet. Read Oscar Wilde! Enjoy him! Cherish him!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I love Wilde!!! These stories were almost magical! I can read them to my kids if I wanted to. They were full of important concepts for the young and old. He has an incredible imagination! LOVED IT!!!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    I was so taken back by this short story. It has a happy ending making you smile with happiness and the belief that alls well that ends well. An inspiring read. One good deed begets good in someone's life. My favourite Quotes: Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. Better to have a permanent income than be fascinating. Unless one is wealthy there's no use in being a charming fellow.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosa

    The Sphinx Without a Secret: ** The Model Millionaire: **** The Young King: *** The Birthday of the Infanta: **** The Fisherman and His Soul: *** The Star-Child: ***** The Happy Prince: **** The Nightingale and the Rose: *** The Selfish Giant: **** The Devoted Friend: ** The Remarkable Rocket: *

  7. 5 out of 5

    K. Anna Kraft

    I arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku: "Despite social rules, A princely anomaly Will always draw friends."

  8. 5 out of 5

    Snooty1

    Super cute short story. My first Wilde experience.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Twyla

    Personal Recommendation-I really enjoyed this short story because I felt it had a good message. I also liked the way that the audience didn't understand until the end, so it gave you the perspective of the narrator. The only part I don't like was how some words were not very current era. Plot Summary- In this story, the narrator explains how it is important to be good looking when you are wealthy and that those who are wealthy are rarely ugly. He wants to get married to a girl named Laura, but h Personal Recommendation-I really enjoyed this short story because I felt it had a good message. I also liked the way that the audience didn't understand until the end, so it gave you the perspective of the narrator. The only part I don't like was how some words were not very current era. Plot Summary- In this story, the narrator explains how it is important to be good looking when you are wealthy and that those who are wealthy are rarely ugly. He wants to get married to a girl named Laura, but he did not have any money. He was very good looking so the father permitted him to marry his daughter, but first he needed to get 10,000 pounds. He goes to his friends house who is a painter. While the artist is in the middle of painting a portrait of a beggar, he strikes up a conversation. When the artist steps out, he gives some money to the beggar even though he is very poor as well. At the bar later the artist is telling the man about how intrigued the artist was in him, and how he continued to talk about him after he left. It is then revealed that the beggar was actually a wealthy man dressed in a beggar's clothing. The wealthy man ended up giving him 10,000 pounds so that he could get married to Laura. Recommendation- I recommend this story to boys or girls because even though the narrator is a male, his gender doesn't play a role in the story. If you like basic stories with a strong theme then this would be a good story for you. I believe you should be in 8th grade and up because it has some complex vocabulary. Characterization- In the beginning of the story the main charachter is very strong in his morals and the artist is not. After he gave the beggar man some money the artist realized that he was very generous. In the end, he realized that being nice to those lower than you could benefit you because the beggar gave him 10,000 pounds.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Poltorak

    4.1/5 Wilde’s timelessness makes even a 4 page short story enjoyable to read. Quotes: ‘An artist’s heart is his head.’ Replied Trevor; ‘and besides, our business is to realize the world as we see it, not to reform it as we know it. A chacun son metier.’ [french: every man to his own trade] Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a perman 4.1/5 Wilde’s timelessness makes even a 4 page short story enjoyable to read. Quotes: ‘An artist’s heart is his head.’ Replied Trevor; ‘and besides, our business is to realize the world as we see it, not to reform it as we know it. A chacun son metier.’ [french: every man to his own trade] Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realized.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    Awesome... Wide like Wilde This is true Wilde type story...I must say I was missing him after all the fairy tales. The style of writing is brilliant, the concept was good, the progress were just however the characters were not at all unique but this story has a good food of thought behind it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gulshan Naqvee

    Always a delight to know that kindness get rewarded!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Fort

    Well, I will be teaching this story this week to 9th grade students, and we'll see how it goes. I can't imagine all of them being fully able to understand it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claudia

    Sometimes when my mood is not the best, I read a story by Oscar Wilde. This is the one I read today. And by Jove, what a lovely short tale. Fabulous and rare indeed!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vy

    The story is simple, yet hooks the reader in well (even the title itself is enough to spark interest)! I would definitely recommend this to all audiences; it is a story that will be remembered after reading once. Kids will most likely enjoy the story most because of its simplicity. Although the story is quite predictable, it is still enjoyable. In addition, there weren’t any villains included the story either, making the story feel more innocent. From the mischievious and cunning persona of Trev The story is simple, yet hooks the reader in well (even the title itself is enough to spark interest)! I would definitely recommend this to all audiences; it is a story that will be remembered after reading once. Kids will most likely enjoy the story most because of its simplicity. Although the story is quite predictable, it is still enjoyable. In addition, there weren’t any villains included the story either, making the story feel more innocent. From the mischievious and cunning persona of Trevor, to the humble and innocent personality of Hughie, the story ties in many different types of personalities into one fun story. However, I am slightly disappointed that Laura had little to no presence in the story, even though she was the main reason why the story even started (the reason why Hughie needed the money in the first place); even her dad had lines at one point. There were also no other women present or mentioned, with men dominating all of the roles in the story. In my opinion, if Laura had been included (with lines or dialogue), the story would have been better. It lacks a little substance without her presence, but ultimately, the story was well-written.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amna

    "Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed." I read it in school back when I was in 6th standard. I haven't reread it since then yet I am giving it 5 stars because it is the only story which has stuck with me. I don't remember any other story I read for school, but I exactly remember reading it. It is simply because it was the only story I enjoyed back then. I still remember the whole plot and even some of the dialogues. Though now I know it has some very inapprop "Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed." I read it in school back when I was in 6th standard. I haven't reread it since then yet I am giving it 5 stars because it is the only story which has stuck with me. I don't remember any other story I read for school, but I exactly remember reading it. It is simply because it was the only story I enjoyed back then. I still remember the whole plot and even some of the dialogues. Though now I know it has some very inappropriate comments like 'The only people a painter should know,' he used to say, 'are people who are bete and beautiful, people who are an artistic pleasure to look at and an intellectual repose to talk to. Men who are dandies and women who are darlings rule the world, at least they should do so.' But whatever there must be something great in this story because it has stuck with me for so long.

  17. 4 out of 5

    El

    (Review just of The Model Millionaire as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.) Hah, best first lines ever: "Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised." Moral of the story: Be nice to strangers. If this very short (Review just of The Model Millionaire as part of the Complete Works of Oscar Wilde.) Hah, best first lines ever: "Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised." Moral of the story: Be nice to strangers. If this very short story wasn't mentioned in Lauren Stover's Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge as being Required Reading for the Dandy Bohemian, it should have been.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Xxmoonagestardustxx

    A story that everyone should read.... 'Alan,' said Hughie seriously,'you painters are a heartless lot.' 'An artist's heart is his head,' replied Trevor; 'and besides,our business is to realise the world as we see it,not to reform it as we know it.'

  19. 4 out of 5

    Taren

    Hughie is in love & wants to marry. His current situation is such that he is not his girlfriend's father's choice for his daughter's husband. Hughie goes to visit his painter friend who happens to be in the middle of a painting. The model for the portrait, a lowly beggar man, looks as though he could use Hughie's one coin more than he needs it, so he gives it to him, everything he has. The beggar man is actually not a beggar at all. He is a very wealthy baron who is dressed as a beggar for the p Hughie is in love & wants to marry. His current situation is such that he is not his girlfriend's father's choice for his daughter's husband. Hughie goes to visit his painter friend who happens to be in the middle of a painting. The model for the portrait, a lowly beggar man, looks as though he could use Hughie's one coin more than he needs it, so he gives it to him, everything he has. The beggar man is actually not a beggar at all. He is a very wealthy baron who is dressed as a beggar for the painting. Hughie's generosity touches him to the core, & he ends up writing Hughie a check for 10,000 pounds in order to make him worthy of his girlfriend's hand in marriage. Who doesn't love a short, sweet story about something good in the world?! I enjoy all kinds of stories, even dark & sad ones, but every once in a while you need to sprinkle a light-hearted, feel-good story in the mix. There were several things that made me love Hughie: his compassion for the poor, his desire to put others before himself, his desire to find a solution to his problem instead of giving up (his girlfriend's dad not deeming him worthy of his daughter's hand in marriage), his devotion to his one true love. Not only is Hughie someone to be modeled, but the wealthy baron showed us that money is only money, & that it's best to give it away when it can serve a better purpose elsewhere. We also learned that goodness can & should be rewarded whenever possible. Age recommendation: all ages On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Diane Briones™

    This is one of the most entertaining stories ever made. Oscar Wilde has supplied me with some of the most bizarre and twisted images you could never imagine. --- Diane ™ The Model Millionaire’ came across as a very simple version of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. Take out the fragrant, descriptive language and the gothic horror element and you are left with a humorous observation of London society that nods in the direction of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The first line of the story is almost a This is one of the most entertaining stories ever made. Oscar Wilde has supplied me with some of the most bizarre and twisted images you could never imagine. --- Diane ™ The Model Millionaire’ came across as a very simple version of ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’. Take out the fragrant, descriptive language and the gothic horror element and you are left with a humorous observation of London society that nods in the direction of Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’. The first line of the story is almost a parody of Austen’s most memorable opening passage: WILDE: “Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic.” AUSTEN: “IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hanna Salonga

    This work was first published in the newspaper The World in 1887. Then, it was featured as part of the anthology Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories. A handsome, charming, but financially struggling young man falls in love, but her father wants 10,000 Pounds. This story is merely a few pages long but was quite intense. His masterful prose, combined with silly cynical remarks on social injustice, is simply astonishing. Generosity and Kindness always pay off in the end. This is the message This work was first published in the newspaper The World in 1887. Then, it was featured as part of the anthology Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories. A handsome, charming, but financially struggling young man falls in love, but her father wants 10,000 Pounds. This story is merely a few pages long but was quite intense. His masterful prose, combined with silly cynical remarks on social injustice, is simply astonishing. Generosity and Kindness always pay off in the end. This is the message we, as a reader, have to take home. It’s a simple story, full of wisdom, definitely worth a read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    (audible) 'Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed.' Young man seeks to marry the girl he loves and her father says, sure. But you need to show me you have 10,000 pounds first. Young man despairs. Goes to artist friend who is painting a beggar man. Talks to him about this woes. Ends up giving the beggar some cash. So the question is, why is a beggar having his portrait painted? And they lived happily ever after. Recommend

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lavi

    Yes, eat the rich and all that but wouldn't it be great to be an eccentric millionaire... Oil portraits, make someone's life by giving them a cool 10 grand you're not going to miss... gauche new money things, open a chocolate factory with a chocolate river, turn a child violet for a jape Well on second thought, maybe better not

  24. 5 out of 5

    FioBluStarz

    I was expecting something like the person coming across a huge opportunity to work hard, earn that money and hence prove that he truly loves her by willing to go that far, which genuinely impresses the man to give his daughter's hand in marriage to this person, but this was way better than that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nelson

    It's an alright read with a moral lesson on philanthropy and empathy. But there are a lot more stories out there that can do the lesson better, and are way less dated in social outlook than this short story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    These stories got more interesting as they went on. And, surprising me, I liked the ones that dealt more metaphorically and figuratively with morality than literally. But, overall, there wasn't much of the decadence and cleverness that I expect from Wilde (knowing his plays and Portrait).

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey Howard

    A witty little read from OW, full of his fun cynicism and playfulness.

  28. 4 out of 5

    James

    Truly excellent, short, fun, entertaining. Moral of the story "Don't judge a book by its cover"

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Easily one of my favorites. What is the real essence of kindness. What are its rewards. This short tle is a delight.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    A pleasant, lightly humorous story of an accidental good deed rewarded.

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